Lsockspur coral tree
This undemanding shrub is native to South America where it grows as a shrub or small tree. The striking scarlet-redthat are borne in summer in long terminal spikes on the arching branches stand out beautifully against the background of the large, blue-green leaves. The plant thrives in a sunny, warm position, preferably south-facing. In summer, it needs plenty of water. Although it needs well-drained potting compost, the root ball must never be allowed to dry out. In addition, the plant requires weekly applications of fertilizer until late summer. Dead blooms and dead wood should be removed in autumn or winter. In winter the plant drops its leaves and can therefore over-winter in the dark at a temperature that should not exceed 10° C (50° F). Older specimens can be kept completely dry until spring during this rest period while younger plants should be watered now and again. Semi-ripe cuttings grow more quickly than seedlings. The plant contains poisonous alkaloids.